Nicaragua travel blog In Nica Now

"We’re Gordon and Elisha — a semi-retired Canadian couple who has been living and loving life in Nicaragua since December 2011.  Currently we reside on Pacific coast in the colourful beach town San Juan del Sur.  Together we created this blog so we could share our Nicaraguan expat experience with you.  Cheers and thanks for checking us out!"  - Gordon and Elisha -

​Nicaragua Travel Guide

Hi! My name is Jim Veinot, and I’m a travelling boomer; I was born in 1947 so I’m a first year boomer from Canada, “the true North strong and free.”  My goals are to explore different countries and to share my thoughts with anyone that wishes to hear them/read them. I’m also looking for a place to retire with a low cost of living and lots of sunshine.

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Power Source and outlets:  Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz, Power sockets: Type: A
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​As a tropical country, Nicaragua has two distinct seasons: the wet season, and the dry season.  The rainy season lasts from May to October, and the wettest months are September until November.  Between November and April is the dry season, the driest Months are between March and May, which are also the hottest months. 


SIM CARDS:  

Service Providers: Movistar, Claro, Cootel

As usual, in order to have your device function in another country, be sure your smart phone is UNLOCKED.

Networks offer 2G/3G availability and will vary depending on which region you are in. Movistar and Claro have about 50% market. In 2015 Both companies have started 4G/LTE in Managua. In 2016 CooTel started with 3G on the AWS (1700/2100 MHz) frequency, but uses it's own technology, for which you will probably need a new device.  Cell shops are easy to find, obtaining a local sim card is not to difficult and relatively cheap.  Make sure when you purchase, you and the seller understand EXACTLY what the plan is with the sim and MAKE SURE it works before you leave the store.


Visa​ & Mastercard accepted, ATM's issue USD and Nicaruaga Cordoba currency.



PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

The best advice I can give here is to use the Chicken Buses (Old American School Buses)  to get around in your local areas.  Even thou they get crammed up the wazoo with people and even live stock, it is the most affordable way to get around.  Now if you have the budget, renting a car is an option.  Nicaragua might be one of the easier countries in Latin America to navigate and get around.  However, be prepared for "routine police checkpoints" and like in other Latin countries, such as Costa Rica, foreigners are targets for bribes, even when you have done nothing wrong.  Make sure you have all your paperwork and VISA on hand if ever stopped by police.  Being in a rental car, if you decide to go "off the beaten path"  DO NOT leave your car unattended for too long or DO NOT leave valuables either.  Rentals cars are a huge "I'm a tourist" sign and well, there is about a 98% chance it will be broken into. Avoid driving at night, dodging cows, bikes, running children, pot holes is a whole new adventure.  Be safe, steer only in daylight.


One thing you can also do is, get a local to drive you around, no one knows better then a local, and it will not cost you much.  Imagine one of the poorest countries in Latin America and you offer a local $5USD, it will go a long way.  Always stay safe and do not trust just anyone.


Outside of the tourist areas, most Nicaraguans don’t tip and taxi drivers don’t expect a tip.


Long Distance and International Bus Travel:


TransNica: HQ Nicaragua - 21 Calle Sureste, Managua - Google Maps - Tel: 505 5794-7111 / 505 5794-5444

Managua to San Jose

Nicaragua to Honduras


Tica Bus:  Cross Border Travel - Tel: 505 2298 5500

Managua to San Jose (Costa Rica

Managua to San Salvador (El Salvador)

Managua to Tegucigalpa (Honduras)


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:

  1. León Cathedral - Built between 1747 and the early 19th century to the design of Guatemalan architect Diego José de Porres Esquivel, the monument expresses the transition from Baroque to Neoclassical architecture and its style can be considered to be eclectic. The Cathedral is characterized by the sobriety of its interior decoration and the abundance of natural light. - Google Maps

  2. ​​Ruins of León ViejoLeón Viejo is one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas. It did not develop and so its ruins are outstanding testimony to the social and economic structures of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. - Google Maps


A FEW PLACES TO VISIT WHILE IN NICARAGUA:

  1. Indio Maíz Biological Reserve -  It is the second largest expanse of lowland rainforest reserve in Nicaragua and is referred to as "the gem of Central American nature reserves". - Google Maps
  2. ​Bosawás Biosphere Reserve - ​The Bosawás Biosphere Reserve in the northern part of state Jinotega (border with Honduras) At approximately 20,000 km² in size, the reserve comprises about 15% of the nation's total land area making it the second largest rain forest in the Western Hemisphere, after the Amazon in Brazil.  Bosawás is largely unexplored, and is extremely rich in biodiversity. - Google Maps
  3. ​Old Cathedral of Managua - It was designed in, and shipped from Belgium in 1920 by architect Pablo Dambach. The cathedral survived the 1931 earthquake but was extremely damaged due to the 1972 earthquake and was condemned, which led to the construction of the new cathedral of Managua or "Catedral de la Concepcion", the newest constructed Roman Catholic cathedral. However, in recent years, the restoration of the old cathedral has appeared to be possible and it is currently awaiting its renovation. - Google Maps
  4. San Francisco Convent - One of the oldest churches in Central America and the most striking building in Granada.  The convent was originally constructed in the 16th century, but has undergone many changes in the century since and was burned down several times as the city succumbed to raids of pirate raids.  - Google Maps


POPULAR VOLCANOES TO VISIT IN NICARAGUA:

  1. Cerro Negro - ​Volcano Boarding:  In need of an adrenaline rush?  Be armed with plywood boards and hike up the 1,600-foot volcanic slope of Cerro Negro (Black Hill) just outside of León and hurtle down on volcano boards at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.  If you are going to do this, please cover up well with protection. - Google Maps

  2. ​Volcán Concepción (Difficulty - Advanced) - ​Concepción is one of two volcanoes that form the island of Ometepe, which is situated in Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua - Google Maps

  3. ​Cosiguina Volcano (Difficulty - Easy) - ​Cosigüina is a stratovolcano located in the western part of Nicaragua. It forms a large peninsula extending into the Gulf of Fonseca - Google Maps


NIGHTLIFE IN NICARAGUA:

Managua

  1. ​El Chaman - 3 Floors, Disco Club - Google Maps
  2. AltaBar Nicaragua - Night Club (Ok Reviews) - Google Maps
  3. ​Ron Kon Rolas - Sports Bar, Rock & Mix - Google Maps
  4. ​Hooligans Sports Bar and Grill - Sports Bar, Wings & Beer & Music - Google Maps
  5. Piratas del Caribe - Bar - Restaurant - Google Maps
  6. Night Club Good Time - Gentlemen Club (Strip Bar) - Google Maps

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OF NICARAGUA:



​1: Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport Managua - MGA - Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM radius)


HEALTHCARE IN MANAGUA:

  1. Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas - 34 Min 15.5 KM - Google Maps - ​Tel: 505 -2255-6900
  2. Hospital Bautista - ​28 Min 11 KM - Google MapsTel: 505 2264 9020


HOSTELS IN MANAGUA:

  1. Maracuya Hostel Managua - 32 Min 14 KM - Google Maps -  ​Tel: 505 2277 3336
  2. ​​Managua Hostel Ida28 Min 12 KM - Google Maps -  Tel: 505 2277 3840
  3. Managua Backpackers Inn28 Min 13 KM - Google Maps -  Tel: 505 2267 0006
  4. La Bicicleta Hostal34 Min 14 KM - Google Maps -  ​Tel: 505 2225 2557
  5. Pandora Hostel (Close to Tica Bus Station) - 30 min 13 KM - Google Maps Tel: 505 8408 4282​​
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​Nicaragua official language: Spanish // Country Capital: Managua // Approximate population: 6.15 Million // Average annual salary:  3000 USD // Government type: Presidential system: Current President: Daniel Ortega //  Emergency Phone Numbers: Police 118, Fire 115, Red Cross 128, Tourist Hot Line 101 // Tourists can get up to a 90 day stamp for visiting, entirely at the immigration officers discretion.

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